Ethernet First Mile
EFM stands for Ethernet in the First Mile and is a technology for delivering a high speed (up to 10Mbps), reliable internet connection to your business. Unlike a traditional leased line which uses Fibre to connect you to your local exchange EFM uses bundles of copper pairs which means lower costs, a faster installation time and possibly high resilience. Speeds are also symmetrical, so unlike an ADSL broadband connection you get the same speeds uploading data as you do downloading.
Business customers can either use Ethernet First Mile with guaranteed business Internet connectivity or as part of a Virtual Private Network (VPN) solution, in many cases being used as Leased Line replacements.
High Bandwidth – up to 10Mbps ‘Up & Down’
It is available for up to about 50% of UK businesses and Supanet can set EFM up for you at a range of speeds: 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 Mbps. The speed you can get will depend on your exchange and will be the same upstream and downstream and there is no contention. EFM is ideal for applications needing high upstream bandwidth such as VOIP, VPN and video. These can all be very sensitive to latency, leading to poor voice quality, buffering and other issues over a traditional ADSL broadband connection.
Lower Cost – Uses Existing Copper
EFM uses Ethernet over multiple copper lines that are already in place; thus there is no need for expensive digs to install new lines, making it cheaper to install with lower monthly rental charges. For speeds of up to 10Mbps EFM could save up to 65% of the cost of a traditional leased line. It uses existing infrastructure so your connection can be up and running within 30 days of your contract being signed. This is potentially twice as fast as a traditional leased line. So if you have a new site going live or a pressing need for higher bandwidth or better reliability, EFM could be the solution for you.
Because EFM uses multiple bundles of copper pairs the solution has a high level of reliance. Should one of the copper pairs ever temporarily fail your connection will be shared over the remaining copper pairs keeping your business connected to the internet.
Supanet EFM Products
Supanet can set EFM up for you at a range of speeds: 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 Mbps. Please contact supanet sales team for availability in your area
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